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Word of the Day – Dec. 12 – Glade

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Noun: Glade  (GLAYD) Definition: An open space surrounded by woods. Sample sentence: The moonlight shone on the couple as they embraced in the little glade, their secret trysting place.

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Health Tip – Dec. 12 – What Does Your Clean or Messy Desk Say About You?

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Don’t let the neatniks get you down if your desk is less than pristine. A new study from the University of Minnesota suggests that while there are practical benefits to keeping a neat desk, a messy one may bolster creative thinking. Researchers asked a group of college-age students to fill out some questionnaires in a […]

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Health Tip – Dec. 11 – What’s Your Breast Cancer Risk?

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Whatever your view of your breast cancer risk, it’s probably incorrect. A recent survey of nearly 10,000 women revealed that fewer than one in 10 accurately estimated their lifetime risk of breast cancer.  About 45 percent of the women participating underestimated their risk, while 46 percent over-estimated it. In general, the survey showed that minority […]

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Word of the Day – Dec. 11 – Ferrule

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Noun: Ferrule  (FAIR-ul) Definition: 1. A ring or cap usually of metal around a slender shaft ( as a cane or tool handle) to strengthen it or prevent splitting. 2. A usually metal sleeve used especially for joining or binding one part to another ( as pipe sections or the bristles and handle of a […]

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Health Tip – Dec. 10 – For Saner Shopping, Wear High Heels

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Seriously, a new study from marketing professors at Utah’s Brigham Young University found that when shopping for such pricey items as a new television, you’re more likely to spend sensibly if you’re wearing high heels. They theorized that anything that forces your mind to focus on keeping your body in equilibrium affects your shopping choices […]

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Word of the Day – Dec. 10 – Quibble

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Verb: Quibble  (KWIB-ul) Definition: 1. To evade the point of an argument by caviling about words. 2. Cavil, carp or bicker. 3. To subject to minor objections or criticisms. Sample sentence: There always seems to be one person at the meeting who wants to quibble rather than focus on the larger plan.

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Word of the Day – Dec. 9 – Hibernaculum

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Noun: Hibernaculum  (hye-ber-NAK-yuh-lum) Definition: A shelter occupied during the winter by a dormant animal, such as an insect or reptile. Sample sentence: If you are afraid of snakes or bats, you probably won’t enjoy thinking about a hibernaculum, where hundreds, even thousands of these creatures might be passing the wintry months.

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Health Tip – Dec. 9 – Surprising Supplement for Sleeplessness

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Used regularly, ginseng increases energy, vitality,  improves skin and muscle tone, and helps build resistance to stress. And now, results of a small, new study from Korea suggest that it can also improve sleep quality. Researchers at Kwandong University recruited 15 healthy males, ages 15-37, and instructed them to take 1,500 mg of red ginseng […]

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Health Tip – Dec. 6 – Big News About Smoking and Heart Attacks

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Former smokers may have no more reason to fear heart attacks than people who have never smoked, but the habit is likely to have a lasting effect on heart health. That surprising conclusion comes from a study that used medical imaging to evaluate the coronary arteries of smokers and former smokers. The researchers, from New […]

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Word of the Day – Dec. 6 – Trumpery

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Noun: Trumpery  (TRUMP-uh-ree) Definition: 1. Worthless nonsense. 2. Trivial or useless articles: junk. Sample sentence: Moving into a new house has given me an excuse to get rid of years of accumulated knicknacks and trumpery.

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